Seagulls fly away at the London Stadium
A first away win for Brighton and Hove Albion FC is a sign of their improvement in the top flight21 October 2017 | Sally Freedman
Brighton and Hove Albion claimed their first away Premier League win at the London Stadium with a 0-3 convincing win against West Ham United lifting them to a respectable top half 10th place in the Premier League table, putting them level on points with Newcastle and only two points behind Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Glenn Murray scored his first Premier League goal in Brighton colours as he put the visitors ahead early on in the first half with a powerful header from a pinpoint free kick courtesy of Pascal Groß.
Club record, new Colombian signing, José Izquierdo doubled Brighton’s lead with an absolute stunner right on the cusp of half time. After a long period of West Ham pressure, Izquierdo picked up the ball on the left-hand side of the field and cut in onto his favoured right foot and unleashed a powerful strike into the top corner past a diving Joe Hart.
Glenn Murray got his name on the score sheet again to make it 3-0 with a second half penalty in the 75th minute which was enough to send some West Ham fans home as they started to leave the brand-new London Stadium in their hundreds.
Post-match, Glenn Murray was presented the man of the match award from his teammate and captain, Bruno. He took the award with grace and humility as he praised the efforts of his defensive teammates and he also praised the quality service he repeatedly got from his wingers.
Bruno summed up the winning feeling: “Playing away from home is always so tough, so to get three points is very important for us. This win will give us an extra push."
West Ham looked lack lustre throughout and their manager, Slaven Bilić will undoubtedly have some questions for his players.
Contrastingly, Chris Hughton was full of praise for his players as Brighton put on an exemplary display away from home all over the field. Maty Ryan claimed a clean sheet as Dunk and Duffy stood tall as they continually put their bodies on the line defending like champions. Dale Stephens and Pascal Gross dominated the midfield for Brighton and the pace of Antony Knockaert, Jose Izquierdo and Solly March caused the home team all sorts of problems out wide.
Brighton play host to Southampton at the American Express Community stadium next weekend and West Ham travel to Selhurst Park to face bottom of the table, Crystal Palace.
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